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Mohamed bin Rashid approves comprehensive plan to overhaul public school education

posted on 30/08/2016

Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has approved a comprehensive new plan to overhaul public school education in the UAE.

The plan, developed by the Ministry of Education, aims to revise the curriculum, enhance skills, introduce new subjects and streams, further enrich learning and enhance the evaluation systems both for schools and students.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed reviewed the plan at the headquarters of the Ministry of Education yesterday. He was received by Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, Minister of Education; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and The Future Gergawi; Jameela bint Salem Al Muhairi, Minister of State for Public Education; and Dr. Ahmad bin Abdulla Humaid Belhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education.

The new curriculum will cover technology, innovative design, health sciences, career guidance, general skills and business management. A special ‘Elite' stream designed to nurture gifted students will be introduced. In addition, a new system to evaluate students through mid-year and end-of-year exams will be implemented.

As part of the new plan, the curriculum will be gradually made bilingual and have a specific focus on deepening the students' national identity and building their critical thinking and innovation skills as well as developing teamwork and problem solving capabilities using innovative information and communication technology.

With the support of 19 specialised local and international bodies, the new comprehensive plan seeks to develop a new integrated kindergarten curriculum, a new policy for evaluation of kindergarten schools that involves parents, and an integrated reading programme for students of all grades. International partnerships will also be established to develop new mathematics and science textbooks.

Syllabuses for subjects such as history, geography, economy and social studies will be integrated into one core curriculum. The mathematics curriculum will be developed to ensure it is on par with international standards. A new course on information technology and programming will be introduced both in primary and secondary schools. The English syllabus, which will follow the Cambridge English curriculum, will be overseen by specialists from both the UAE Ministry of Education and Cambridge University.

The new comprehensive development plan also includes the development of a training centre focused on developing teachers' skills in line with current international standards.

H.H. Sheikh Mohammed directed teachers and parents to work together in implementing the school education development plan. He said that the progress of all plans to boost the education sector is being monitored by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan together with him and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

His Highness said that schools are where the future begins and called on everybody to fulfil their responsibilities towards the new generation. "We are counting on the teachers and the Ministry of Education to help school education make a great leap forward," H.H. Sheikh Mohammed said, stressing that developing education is a vital task that requires focus and perseverance. "There is no room for excuses," he said. "We look forward to developing a new generation of students that is equipped to use the tools of the future," he added.

The new plan is guided by the strategic objectives outlined by the Ministry of Education to improve learning outcomes and strengthen the partnership between the private and public education sectors as well as expand research and development in education in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299321046.html


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Ajman Ruler issues Emiri Decree on security surveillance equipment

posted on 30/08/2016

H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has issued an Emiri Decree on the use of security equipment and devices over buildings in the Emirate of Ajman.

The Decree is based on a report submitted by the General Command of Ajman Police on the importance of issuing local legislation under which owners of buildings in the Emirate of Ajman will be obliged to install security surveillance equipment and devices.

Brigadier Sheikh Sultan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Commander-in-Chief of Ajman Police, said that that the purpose of this Decree is to strengthen security and stability in the emirate.

The Brigadier expressed his thanks and appreciation to H.H. the Ruler of Ajman and H.H. Sheikh Ammar bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Crown Prince of Ajman, for their continuous support of the General Command of Ajman Police in order to maintain security and stability. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299293913.html


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Lubna Al Qasimi launches Fatima's initiative to empower women in Emirati camp for Syrian refugees, Jordan

posted on 30/08/2016

Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of State for Tolerance, and President of Zayed University (ZU), on Sunday launched a humanitarian initiative to empower women in the Emirati camp for Syrian refugees in Mrajeeb al-Fhood, Jordan, in celebration of the second Emirati Women's Day on 28th August.

In her address on the occasion at the Dubai campus, Sheikha Lubna said the initiative 'Tailoring Workshop of our Mother Fatima' was inspired by a tour of the camp of a group of 19 enthusiastic students of the university on the Humanitarian Work Day on 19th Ramadan under 'Bring A Smile' project, part of Zayed University's Community Enhancement Centre service-learning activities which are based on the principle of social responsibility through leadership service action projects both nationally and internationally.

Funded by the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, the trip targeted 300 female students and later expanded with the help of the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC) to reach 800 children and residents in the camp.

Sheikha Lubna added that the initiative would raise money to fund purchase of 120 sewing machines and tailoring accessories to help women in the camp achieve self-sufficiency from clothing for their families. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299304704.html


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Dubai Expo 2020 to allocate AED5 billion of contracts to SMEs

posted on 30/08/2016

Dubai has announced that 20 per cent of direct and indirect spending on the Expo 2020 event will be allocated to small and medium enterprises.

Under the plans, contracts worth more than AED5 billion will be allocated to local and international SMEs in the coming years, EXPO 2020 said in a press release.

The landmark announcement is the latest in a series of SME-focussed operational and legacy driven initiatives that have emerged as the result of Expo 2020 Dubai's belief in the important role that SMEs have to play in contributing towards the effective and innovative delivery of an exceptional World Expo for both participants and visitors, as well as the UAE's wider diversification efforts.

Commenting on the announcement, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Bureau Expo Dubai 2020, said 2,418 of the 6,196 suppliers registered on the government's e-sourcing portal [ https://esource.expo2020dubai.ae ] were SMEs.

The portal serves as the primary gateway to the vast majority of Expo 2020 Dubai procurement operations. In addition to announcing upcoming tenders, the portal also details awarded packages relating to both goods and services, providing further possibilities for integration into the supply chain through indirect procurement and collaboration. It is also a valuable platform for registrants to receive information around upcoming knowledge-sharing and networking events, including the BusinessConnect series of workshops and seminars.

Of the 787 contracts awarded so far, 320 have been won by SMEs, she added.

"SMEs are already playing a central role in the UAE's drive towards cultivating a thriving private sector and diversified economy, which makes SME empowerment a strategic priority for the government," Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Chairman of the UAE SME Council, said.

"This effort is also aligned with the UAE Vision 2021 to transition to a knowledge-based economy that fosters creativity and innovation."

The country's Federal Law No 2, introduced in 2014, stipulates that 10 per cent of all federal government contracts are allocated to SMEs.

In addition, firms in which the government owns a 25 per cent stake must contract SMEs for at least 5 per cent of their total purchasing, servicing and consulting needs.

SMEs are estimated to comprise almost 94 per cent of companies operating in the UAE. The 400,000 SMEs also account for 60 per cent of the country's GDP and are expected to account for 70 per cent by 2021.

"The integration of SMEs into the delivery of Expo 2020 Dubai is set to continue to stimulate employment, strengthen existing industries, improve SME competitiveness and ultimately contribute to sustainable economic growth. This will be an important part of Expo 2020 Dubai's legacy for the UAE and wider region," Al Hashimy said.

She added that opportunities for SME participation in the event extend beyond the physical expo site and six-month duration of the event itself.

"From the needs of our 30,000 strong force of volunteers, to the services required by international participants developing self-built pavilions, and the transfer of knowledge in the legacy phase, we are committed to working with the most innovative businesses of all sizes, spreading the opportunity as far as possible and capturing the spirit of the event," Al Hashimy explained.

The expo procurement process has been modified to allow SMEs to bid more competitively including a proposal validity of 60 days, no tender bonds required, no advanced payment guarantee required, 50 per cent advanced payment for goods/materials, 25 per cent advanced payment for services, and a commitment to 30 days' payment from receipt of an approved invoice, according to Expo 2020. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -

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NMC seeks to develop a national legislative framework for media

posted on 30/08/2016

The Board of Directors of the National Media Council (NMC) on Monday discussed a project for developing a legislative framework for regulating the media sector in the country, consistent with the federal law issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan regarding its organisation and scope of jurisdiction.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of NMC.

The board praised the support and follow up shown by the wise leadership for issuing the law and extended profound thanks and appreciation to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

Dr. Al Jaber said that the law is a key pillar for the regulation of print media, TV, radio and electronic publishing as well as regulating the relationship between the NMC and the media free zones. The law gives the NMC a new dimension to promote all regulatory aspects in a way that improves the legislative environment of the media in the country.

The NMC, he stressed, was making a holistic review of legislations regulating the sector. Work is under way on an integrated plan to issue a series of regulations and guidelines to cope with the latest media trends and to improve performance without interfering in the work and editorial policies of media establishments.

The meeting also discussed the strategy for customer happiness which aims to upgrade the services provided by the NMC to the levels that live up to the directives issued by the leadership and fulfil demands of the media work. The strategy was built up on the basis of the results of direct and frequent interaction with customers, together with observations and proposals presented by clients in order to improve services, to go beyond customer satisfaction to customer happiness.

Dr. Al Jaber said the strategy keeps abreast of the advanced rankings maintained by the UAE in international indices in various fields and comes in tandem with the concepts of happiness and positivity which are now an integral part of the local culture. In this context, he added, the NMC would provide a world-class package of services, given the fact that many clients of the NMC are representing international institutions, a factor that will elevate the positive image of the UAE.

During the meeting, the board reviewed the latest developments regarding the NMC's new building.

Progress in the project for participating in the Astana EXPO 2017 was also discussed. Work on the UAE pavilion will commence on early January 2017 so as to be fully ready before the grand opening in June 2017.

Present during the meeting were board members: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation, Dr. Ali Rashed Al Nuaimi, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Education Council and member of the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Dr. Amina Al Rustamani, Chief Executive Officer of TECOM Group, Saeed Al Migbali, Advisor at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Mansour Al Mansouri, acting Director-General of the NMC and Ibrahim Al Abed, Advisor to the Chairman of the NMC. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299313470.html


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Emirati inventor wins three gold medals in iCAN Canada

posted on 30/08/2016

TORONTO: Emirati inventor Ahmed Abdullah Majan has won three gold medals and two silver medals in the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN 2016).

Organisers Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills (TISIAS) also awarded the Emirati inventor cup for the best inventor from the Middle East and the shield of excellence for the best invention.

Majan harvested the largest number of medals by an individual inventor participating in the challenge. Majan has 34 inventions which won international recognition.

Majan, who is member of the International Federation of Inventors' Associations (IFIA), has dedicated his landmark victory to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to the government and people of the UAE for the care, encouragement and support lent to innovation, creativity and scientific progress.

Organisers said Majan was given three gold medals for his creative creations: the smart protective helmet, which also won the best invention from the Middle East, the smart saddle and the solar-powered animal tracking device, which harvested the shield of excellence for the best invention. He scooped two silver medals for his innovative works: solar-powered bicycle tracking device and the smart stick for the elderly people.

iCAN 2016 provides all-around programmes including display and exhibition of inventions, and educational seminars followed by the awarding ceremony of recognisable invention entry applications. The event serves as a great opportunity for all participants to be recognised for creativity through their inventions and introduces their innovative products to the Canadian market.

iCAN 2016 is arguably the first international event of inventions and innovative projects ever held in Canada and a celebration for all achievements made by talented inventors of today's generation from multiple countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -

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Etihad Airways launches global sale with up to 50% off flights to 45 popular destinations

posted on 30/08/2016

Etihad Airways has launched its annual global sales campaign, targeting business and economy guests, with fares available on a wide range of destinations served around the world and fares available for travel until June 2017.

The sale will offer up to 50% off fares to forty-five of the world's most popular destinations from across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. In addition, members of the airline's loyalty programme, Etihad Guest, will continue to earn air-miles on all fares in the sale.

Daniel Barranger, Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Etihad Airways, said, "We have continued to expand our global network this year and add further aircraft to the fleet, ensuring we have a high quality product available to the millions of guests who choose to fly with us each year. By including our partner airlines in our new offer, we are providing access to a larger list of destinations and a combined fleet of over 700 aircraft, ensuring we can meet every guest's personal requirements."

The sale will cover a wider range of cities, including those served by the Etihad Airways' partners. With a combined network of over 400 destinations across six continents, the partners provide even greater access across the combined destinations of Etihad Airways, airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299296164.html


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ADIA appoints Global Head of Operations

posted on 30/08/2016

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, ADIA, said yesterday that it has appointed Garry Beaton as Global Head of Operations in its Operations Department, effective immediately.

In this newly created role, Mr Beaton will be responsible, together with members of the senior management team, for guiding the department's strategy and overseeing its key activities in the areas of trade support (internal and external funds), corporate actions, performance and development, securities lending and custody. Mr Beaton will report to Mohamed Darwish Al Khoori, Executive Director of ADIA's Operations Department.

Beaton joins ADIA after three years as Global Head of Operations at Ashmore Group Plc. based in London, where he had responsibility for the strategic, operational and financial aspects of group operations. Prior to that, he spent seven years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management in both London and Bangalore.

Commenting on the appointment, Mr Al Khoori said, "Garry is a welcome addition to the department as we continuously refine and enhance our operational capabilities at ADIA. He brings strong project management, analytical and organisational skills to the role, and a track record of successfully delivering significant operational improvement initiatives." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395299290948.html


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Industrial Development Bureau releases first biannual report of 2016

posted on 30/08/2016

The Industrial Development Bureau, IDB, of the Department of Economic Development in Abu Dhabi, ADDED, has registered 379 industrial establishments in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in the Health, Safety and Environment Management System, EHSMS, in the first half of 2016.

The bureau received 400 applications for registration in the system and approved 275 in the same period. 115 industrial establishments were nominated in the emirate for the development and implementation of the Occupational Health and Safety Management System, OHSMS.

Ayman Al Makkawi, the bureau's Director-General, highlighted ADDED's commitment to develop, manage and control the emirate's industrial sector in accordance with Law No. 08 of 2013 establishing the Industrial Development Bureau. According to the law, IDB is mandated to implement sector-related policies, plans and programmes by providing the environmental and legal frameworks regulating the setup of industrial projects in Abu Dhabi.

The biannual report of the IDB's Environment, Health and Safety, EHS, Directorate said that in compliance with the requirements of the regulatory framework of Abu Dhabi Emirate Environment, Health and Safety Management System, AD EHSMS, and the Executive Council's concerned resolution, all industrial establishments should develop an EHS Management System and acquire the approval of IDB, being the regulatory body for environment, health and safety in the industrial sector.

"By taking measures to ensure compliance with the requirements of EHS and occupational safety in Abu Dhabi's industrial establishments, the IDB is keen to ensure that the economic development sector is following Abu Dhabi's plan, creating a competitive, resilient environment for doing business, developing an effective private sector and rewarding investment opportunities," Makkawi said.

The report said that during the first half of 2016, the IDB received 81 EHS accident reports from various industrial establishments. It also received 62 reported accidents, of which 6 were investigated and 5 investigations were completed.

The report also said that during the period, the IDB's EHS Directorate received other EHSMS external audit reports of approximately 122 industrial establishments, of which 95 were reviewed, 27 are still under review and 9 were referred to OSHAD to verify their quality. In addition, 76 EHSMS audit reports were received, and among them 60 have been reviewed.

According to the report, the IDB's EHS Directorate has performed 12 external audits of the EHSMS's of industrial establishments during the period in order to verify the industrial establishments' implementation of the System and their adherence to Abu Dhabi's EHSMS regulatory framework and its requirements for the industrial sector.

The report also said that during the period, 9 'ban' notices were issued to industrial establishments in Abu Dhabi as a result of inspections performed to ensure compliance with safe EHS practices. Industrial establishments are under continuous follow-up to ensure and verify their implementation of the remedial actions required, as significant improvements were noted in the area of EHS practices. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299290108.html


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Abu Dhabi Ports launches special committee to reinforce women's role in port sector

posted on 30/08/2016

ABU DHABI, 30th August, 2016 (WAM) – In commemoration of Emirati Women's Day, Abu Dhabi Ports yesterday launched its first ever women's committee, which aims to reinforce the unique role women play in the sector and wider local community.

Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, in his comments, said, "Women empowerment is high on our agenda at Abu Dhabi Ports. The launch of the women's committee today comes as a testament to our commitment to the government's vision of empowering women to contribute positively to society and to providing women with the necessary development opportunities. The committee will be tasked with championing the cause of empowering female employees and ensuring their happiness at Abu Dhabi Ports."

"Emirati women make up 78 percent of the total number of our female workforce while they represent 34 percent of total Emiratis at the company. In a male-dominated industry, it is vital that we ensure women are motivated, empowered, and have access to the same opportunities available for men. Our wise government has continuously worked to eliminate all obstacles standing in the way of women's advancement in all fields of work and we aim to mirror that vision to ensure every employee of both genders reaches their full potential," he added.

Dr. Noura Al Dhaheri, General Manager Maqta Gateway and President of newly created women's committee, said, "I am privileged to have been selected as a president of the ports women's committee. With this privilege comes great responsibility, and I am excited to start working with my female counterparts on finding creative ways for empowering women at work in our sector. I would like to extend my appreciation to mother of the nation H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation (FDF) and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood for her endless support of women." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299298707.html


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Construction to start at Aldar’s Shams Meera development

posted on 30/08/2016

Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi's leading listed property development, investment and management company, announced on Monday that it has awarded the main contractor package, worth AED 258 million, to Fibrex LLC for its mid-market Shams Meera residential development in Shams Abu Dhabi on Reem Island.

The contract, which commences with immediate effect, comprises the construction of two 25-storey towers overlooking a landscaped park, the developer said in a press release. "The buildings, consisting of 400 apartments will share an underground basement car park, a garden area, swimming pools and a children's play area. The surrounding neighbourhood includes canal walks, parks, a public beach, community mosques, schools and hospitals, healthcare facilities, and retail outlets."

Chief Executive Officer at Aldar Properties, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, said, "From day one the response to Shams Meera has been really encouraging, showing us that there is significant demand for high quality mid-market homes in Abu Dhabi's prime destinations. Shams Meera, located adjacent to Abu Dhabi's thriving CBD will offer an enriched community living experience, and we look forward to the development's completion and the positive impact it will have on Shams Abu Dhabi and surrounding area."

Launched in June 2015, Shams Meera is a high quality residential offering in one of Abu Dhabi's most desirable destinations, Shams Abu Dhabi. The development benefits from a convenient central location, just a short walking distance away from the planned Shams Park, the Shams Marina and the East Shams public beach amenities, and in close proximity to The Gate & Arc Towers, and Sun and Sky Towers. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395299298471.html


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Masdar Institute hosts student orientation for 172 students

posted on 30/08/2016

Abu Dhabi-based Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focussed on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, has organised an orientation programme for 172 new local and international students for the fall 2016 semester.

The three-day programme, held from 22nd to 24th August 2016, provided the new students an opportunity to learn about the institute's academic and campus offerings, the institute said in a press release.

The UAE satellite operator Yahsat was also on hand to promote the institute's Master's Concentration in Advanced Space Systems and Technology. Yahsat is a sponsor of the concentration and provides expertise for its CubeSat miniature satellite development programme.

This year 172 new students – 118 UAE national and 54 international students representing 23 countries – have accepted the offer to attend the institute. This brings the institute's expected total enrolment to 468 students, increasing the expected percentage of UAE nationals attending the institute from 43 percent in 2015-2016 to approximately 50 percent in 2016-2017 Interim Provost, Dr. Behjat Al Yousuf, welcomed the new students in the institute's nine master's and interdisciplinary doctoral programmes.

Acting Dean of Students and Dean of Library, Dr. Abdullah Al Hefeiti, addressed the new students at the event, and said, "By enrolling with the Masdar Institute you are contributing to not only your own bright future, but a brighter and more sustainable future for all. I urge you to make the most of your time with us through studies, research, and community activities."

Other institute senior management, including Vice President for Research and Interim Associate Provost Dr. Steve Griffiths, and Dean of Academic Programme Dr. Youssef Shatilla, gave the students an insight into the functions and services provided by their various offices.

The Student Affairs Office, which organised the event, discussed campus life, extracurricular activities, a newly-opened athletics office, and other aspects of student life. The Research Development Office and Technology Transfer Office also presented information on invention, innovation and development at the institute.

The Masdar Institute's orientation programme is held twice a year to welcome and inform new students about their new home and how best they can take advantage of their institute experience.

The three-day programme closed with placement examinations for the students, to determine their classes for the coming year.

The institute offers full scholarships to students who come with high academic credentials. The institution's academic programmes and research offerings respond to the needs of the UAE, the region and the wider global community. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299305334.html


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UN official hails Sheikha Fatima's contributions in women empowerment

posted on 30/08/2016

A senior official of the United Nations has praised the efforts made by H.H. Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union (GWU), Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, to empower women of the UAE.

This came in a letter sent to Sheikha Fatima by the UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Lakshmi Puri.

The letter was received by Noura Al Suwaidi, Director of the GWU, while meeting yesterday with Hind Al Owais, Senior Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director of the UN.

In her letter, Lakshmi Puri congratulated Sheikha Fatima on the Emirati Women's Day and commended her leading role and vision in enhancing gender equality and empowering the women of the UAE.

She added that the Emirati Women's Day is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of H.H. Sheikha Fatima who pioneered, with the unlimited support of the UAE's wise leadership, a national strategy to empower women in cultural, social, political and economic fields.

She also referred to the successful partnership between the GWU and the UN Women, which will see the opening of the new UN Women Liaison Office for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in Abu Dhabi in October. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international/1395299324908.html


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Abu Dhabi School Model will roll out this year, announces ADEC

posted on 30/08/2016

The Abu Dhabi School Model (ADSM) will be rolled out to Grade 9 public school students this year in line with the Abu Dhabi Education Council's (ADEC's) 10-year strategic plan to improve the quality of education in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and as part of the Cycle 3 restructuring model.

During a press conference held on Monday, Dr. Karima Almazroui, ADEC's acting P-12 Executive Director, spoke about some of the changes expected to take place in Cycle 3 public schools, as part of the ADSM plan.

"Since its initiation, the ADSM has helped pave the way for schools on how to deliver student-oriented methods as per 21st century teaching and learning skills. These hands-on applied methods of learning will not only help youth excel in their higher education subjects, but will also prepare them for future challenges and prosperous career paths," Dr. Almazroui said.

In an effort to develop bi-literacy and 21st Century skills, Grade 9 public schools will be teaching subjects such as Mathematics and Science in English for the first time. English Medium Teachers have been especially recruited for the task, whereas the curriculum and textbooks have been developed in alignment with ADSM's mission to foster a student-centred learning approach.

As part of the ADSM's pedagogical approach to incorporate technology and digital literacy into Cycle 3 coursework, Grade 9 students will also be introduced to "Digital Technology and Innovation" this year as a core subject.

Meanwhile, Grade 10 students will be placed on two levels in both Mathematics and Physics as part of the ADSM's new learning outcomes. Their placements will be based on previous performance standards as well as choices of students and parents.

Explaining the matter further Dr. Almazroui said, "ADEC honours the choices of students and their parents. We have two levels in Mathematics and Science for each subject, whatever the student and/or parent feels is more applicable for the individual student will be considered alongside the student's overall performance level in that particular subject. All learning outcomes are benchmarked against international standards."

Additionally, 29,000 students from Grades 10, 11 and 12 will be offered Career Guidance classes in efforts to further support them in selecting the right type of electives that will help shape their future.

"Psychology teachers have received special training on the career guidance curriculum and its related textbooks. Career Guidance is a core subject that is taught across Grades 10, 11 and 12 once a week. We hope to change the culture across schools, where students are given the responsibility alongside their counsellors to select the right career path for themselves."

Grades 11 and 12 students will also be receiving textbooks for the first time in Geo-Science. Teachers have received teacher guidebooks that will help structure the curriculum for them along the way.

"Geo-Science has been proven to be an intriguing subject for students to study, and is part of the electives students can choose in Grades 11 and 12," Dr. Almazroui explained. She further said that some of the topics studied includes important information related to the UAE and its effects on the nation.

The education expert emphasised that all supplemental subject curriculum material is now available online for more than 120,000 students across all grades. The education council, students, parents and teachers are granted access to online subscriptions in Mathematics, Literacy and Numeracy.

"These online subscriptions will provide school principals, teachers and parent's accurate and live data on how a particular student is performing in Mathematics, Literacy, and Numeracy. More than 120,000 students across all cycles will have access to the system. According to the latest educational research, if students spend as little as 30 minutes each week on these online interactive resources, their overall performance improves by two levels," the P-12 expert added.

Data helps provide a solid platform for school leaders and education experts in taking informed decisions about school improvement planning and progress monitoring, while identifying the initiatives that will raise a student's overall performance level.

"We wish all students, teachers, school leaders, parents and the community at large a wonderful, successful and happy new academic year in line with ADEC's slogan for the new academic year 'My School, My Happiness'. With any new challenges we are ready to take on new learnings and add to the existing model, which will continue to strive for quality results and improvements," Dr. Almazroui said in conclusion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395299311115.html


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Dubai SME sees major rise in demand for entrepreneurial development programmes

posted on 30/08/2016

The Dubai Entrepreneurship Academy, DEA, the educational arm of Dubai SME, has seen a 57 percent increase in the enrolment of trainees in its various programmes during the first half, H1, of 2016, compared to the same period last year.

As many as 1,100 trainees were enrolled in 44 programmes being offered by the academy during the period, to support the strategic plan of Dubai.

"The entrepreneurs enrolled during the first six months of 2016, are equal to the total enrolments for 2015, which shows the growing profile of DEA among the SME community and entrepreneurs," said Abdul Baset Al Janahi, CEO of Dubai SME.

"We inspect the market quarterly to evaluate the SME position and potential in various economic sectors as well as the supply and demand situation relating to training. We then design skill development programmes that support aspiring entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into feasible projects. Of them, 30 percent of the trainees have launched their own projects, which speaks of the success of our programmes," he added.

Ibtihal Al Naji, Director of the Enterprises Development Department at Dubai SME, said that the academy worked together with various partners including the Community Development Authority, Dubai Foundation for Women and Children, Public Authority for Youth and Sports Welfare and the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, to design and develop its programmes. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/economics/1395299295221.html


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Expo Centre Sharjah releases performance report for H1, 2016

posted on 30/08/2016

The Expo Centre Sharjah has reported strong performance in H1 2016, registering an impressive rise in the number of events and an increase in visitor turnout.

The centre hosted 15 consumer and trade exhibitions and conferences, up from the nine events during the same period last year, giving a 65 percent increase, and attracted 320,000 visitors, registering a 20 percent rise.

"These figures are a clear indicator of a growing exhibitions industry in the Emirate of Sharjah, and a result of our effective promotion of local industries. What is remarkable about these figures is that the exhibitions industry has successfully withstood the after-effects of low oil prices and geo-political tensions," said Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

"The exhibitions hosted by ECS are characterised by their diversity and specialisation, which contributed to attracting more visitors. Our focus on external organisers has also helped in bringing more events to Sharjah. The growth is also a reflection of our superior infrastructure and technical capabilities and marketing prowess," he added.

Led by Mr Midfa, ECS took part in several global events, including the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry's Global CEO Summit in Munich in February, with the participation of 150 top executives from leading exhibition centres from around the world, and the Arab-German Business Forum and the Sharjah-Berlin Seminar in Berlin, as well as engaging with the World Trade Centres of Wuhan and Tianjin in China.

"Our presence at these conferences and tie-ups gave us an opportunity to promote Sharjah's unique business-friendly attributes and investment opportunities. With the UAE and Sharjah economy on a positive note despite prevailing uncertainties, Expo Centre is reaping rich benefits," Midfa said. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -

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Tadweer signs new contracts worth over AED1.2 billion in five zones

posted on 30/08/2016

Tadweer, the Centre of Waste Management, Abu Dhabi, has signed new contracts worth over AED1.2 billion with the Sharjah Environment Company (Bee'ah), Averda Waste Management, Lavajet Abu Dhabi and Nael and Bin Harmal Hydro-export Establishment joint venture, to provide waste collection and transportation, street sweeping and cleaning services.

Agreements were also signed with Eagle Environment Services and Pest Control, Akar Landscaping Services and Agriculture, and Prime Tech Diversified Contracting to provide public health pest control services.

The Bee'ah was awarded a contract to provide waste collection, transportation, in addition to street sweeping and cleaning services in Abu Dhabi City Zone 1. Averda received two similar contracts each in Abu Dhabi City Zone 2 and the Northern Zone of Al Ain, whereas Lavajet Abu Dhabi – Nael and Bin Harmal Hydroexport Establishment joint venture was awarded a contract for waste collection and transportation, streets sweeping and cleaning services in the Southern Zone of Al Ain. All waste collection, transportation, street sweeping and cleaning service contracts are worth over AED1.1 billion Contracts worth over AED140 million were also signed with Eagle Environment Services and Pest Control for Al Ain Southern Zone, Akar Landscaping Services and Agriculture for Al Ain Northern Zone and Prime Tech Diversified Contracting Specialists for work on Yas Island, Al Raha Gardens and the Mangroves Beach.

Eisa Saif Al Qubaisi, General Manager of Tadweer, said, "Signing these new contracts comes in line with Tadweer's vision of being recognised as a world leader in building sustainable integrated waste management and pest control systems by 2030. This also reflects our mission to build and implement integrated waste management and pest control systems according to the highest international standards by optimising asset investment, employing qualified specialists and world class technological solutions to convert all waste into valuable economic resources for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi."

The new projects support Abu Dhabi's vision 2030 of improving services provided to residents and citizens while achieving environmental sustainability by adopting advanced mechanisms in waste management including waste collection, transportation and streets sweeping and cleaning services, in order to keep up with the rapid growth and development of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and its residents' needs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general/1395299298751.html


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Khalifa Foundation provides aid to thousands of Sudanese families

posted on 30/08/2016

KASSALA, SUDAN: The Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation has distributed humanitarian and relief aid to 4,000 Sudanese families affected by the recent floods that hit parts of the state of Kassala in Sudan.

According to a Khalifa Foundation spokesperson, the foundation team arrived in the affected areas after a long and arduous journey in coordination with the UAE Embassy in Khartoum and the Sudanese Red Crescent Society.

The aid followed the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and the follow-up of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Khalifa Foundation.

The beneficiaries expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation for providing them with assistance in efforts to alleviate their difficult circumstances. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-international-aid/1395299292954.html


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ERC supports power generation sector in Hadramout

posted on 30/08/2016

AL MUKALLA: The Emirates Red Crescent Authority (ERC) has provided additional support to the power generation sector in the Yemeni province of Hadramout.

A cargo ship, carrying a shipment of spare parts and filters for power generators, arrived in Al Mukalla Port yesterday. The items will be used for maintenance of the main power plants in the province amid a growing need for power generation, following liberation of the province in April.

Recently, the ERC delivered three shipments of fuel to the General Electricity Corporation to run the power generators.

Mana Yaslem, General Manager of Hadramout Coast Electricity, thanked the UAE for the generous support, which would minimise consumption of fuel and guarantee continuous power supply during summer. – Emirates News Agency, WAM - http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates-arab/1395299321968.html


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